Shinkaiwatch 2010!

29 November, 2010 § Leave a comment

Makoto Shinkai, of “5 Centimers Per Second” fame, has just released the trailer for his next film, “Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below.” (remember to change the quality to something approaching HD)

This is a guy who really dislikes being compared to Hayao Miyazaki, of Studio Ghibli fame. I can’t possibly see why. And hopefully they’ll do something about that rather wordy title.

Nope, definitely not Kiki and Jiji from "Kiki's Delivery Service." Not at all. Oh whatever, this is just gorgeous!

OK, time to stop being snarky. I can’t wait for this! It’s set to be released in May 2011 in Japan, so hopefully we get it in the States soon after. Shinkai’s a singular talent who needs a wider audience besides the hardcore otaku websites I visited while researching this film.

If you get a chance to see this film next year, remember to bring the tissues: Shinkai’s works are all very sad, and this one doesn’t seem to be any different. The sparse plot details I could find say the film is about a young girl who goes on a journey to say goodbye to someone. Factor in Shinkai’s usual lush visuals and gorgeous music and you’ll be sure to bawl like a baby at some point in the film. Maybe even the whole time.

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